July confirmed as hottest month on record

| 16/08/2019 | 32 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Like much of the planet, the Caribbean experienced warmer or much warmer temperatures last month, as July 2019 has been officially confirmed as the hottest month globally across land and sea since records began around 140 years ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday that the average temperature last month was 1.71°F above the 20th century average.

The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows, the scientists from NOAA stated.

Cayman News Service

July 2019 was 0.05°F hotter than the previous record, set in 2016, and followed the hottest June ever recorded. According to NOAA, the January-July temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.71°F above the 20th century average of 56.9°F. Over the last 140 years only 2016 was hotter over that period. 

Cayman News Service

The news comes as a regional Pacific climate conference ended badly, as leaders from islands in the region on the front-line of the consequences of climate change accused the Australian government of watering down the current climate crisis in the final communique.

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who leads one of those nations that is already feeling the impact, tweeted, “Watered-down climate language has real consequences — like water-logged homes, schools, communities, and ancestral burial grounds.”

Meanwhile, climate change activist Greta Thunberg is currently making her way across the Atlantic to speak at a UN Climate Action Summit in New York next month. The teenager, who will not fly because of aviation’s outsized role in emitting carbon, is aboard a zero-emission sailing boat, powered by solar panels and underwater turbines. Having left Plymouth in the UK Wednesday, it will take her two weeks to get to the US coast.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The amount of Fox news consuming climate change deniers we have on these islands is astonishing
    We are barely above the water with nowhere to go, but we act as if this issue will never affect us
    We will be one of the first areas to be made completely uninhabitable at this rate within the next 5-6 generations

    People asking for independence better think about what country their children and their children’s children will be taking refuge in when this rock is underwater

    And if population growth continues at the rate projected for Cayman and other island nations in the Caribbean we could be looking at another diaspora shortly

    • Anonymous says:

      Great points 10:08. What I cannot understand is how people on this island, so close to the regular flooding problems in low lying Miami, cannot see how dire the future is for Grand Cayman with rising seas. You are correct, we have nowhere to go.

    • Anonymous says:

      what do you expect from the local populatio?…look at their educational background and who they elect.
      just another day in wonderland

  2. Anonymous says:

    Moscow had the coldest summer on record , record snow in the US last winter , record cold record rain record drought record heat , this is a record for news reports on breaking records sounds like a broken record enjoy your life

    CNS: Have a look at the NOAA global map and try to understand what it means. Is it mostly blue or mostly red? Try this link here and read the whole thing. The planet overall is warming.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah, and I caught a cold last year. That proves we can burn coal and continue to destroy the planet.

    • Anonymous says:

      10:35, Your ignorance knows no bounds.

    • Anonymous says:

      10:35, Stop spreading fake news. I was in Moscow in June and the temperature hit 30 C for a number of days breaking all heat records for the city.

      Your other facts are also incorrect. Strongly urge you to stop watching FOX NEWS and get a real life.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Cayman will be sinking and swimming in their own self-importance very soon. Nature does not care who you.

  4. Anonymous says:

    ignorance and greed..the signs of global warming are obvious!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    @ 7:12 pm
    Everyone is different.
    I switched to carnivores after a hell of health issues and years of trying to fix it with greens, veggies, juices, exercises, detoxes, etc.. Dr. Shawn Baker has convinced me beyond any doubt!
    I just wished I had found Dr. Shawn Baker sooner. MEAT HEALS, no doubt about it!

    Anecdotal evidence is still evidence and it is a hell of a lot more relevant to an individual than an epidemiological study.
    —Shawn Baker

    As for the Global warming, I always knew, intuitively, that
    “… all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.”

    This is now The Gaia hypothesis.
    The Gaia hypothesis was formulated by the chemist James Lovelock and co-developed by the microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s.
    I printed the study and re-read often. It is SO fascinating.
    (Gaia hypothesis – Harvard University https://courses.seas.harvard.edu/climate/eli/Courses/EPS281r/Sources/Gaia/Gaia-hypothesis-wikipedia.pdf)

    The Gaia hypothesis doesn’t reject global warming, it makes you realize there are so many integrated players in Earth’s self-regulation, actually every thing that exists, organic or inorganic is a player, who regulate global surface temperature, that the system might just “eliminate” some species that contribute the most to its instability. Guess who these species are?

    What really shook me to the core yesterday is the HuffPost summary on microplastics.
    THERE IS NO ESCAPE. It is everywhere- in water, rain, snow and it is airborn. Do children of today have a future? There are NO studies on its effect on humans. But common sense tells you microplastics in blood stream or brain would do no good.

    “Scientists Astonished After Finding Microplastics In Arctic Snow”

  6. Anonymous says:

    Alaska records its warmest month ever; future records likely.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I woke up from a nightmare this morning . The ocean has shifted somehow and was rapidly rising. It had reached second floor of the building I was in, when I woke up. I see this dream, with variations, for the last 15 years.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Looks like we’re headed into a runaway greenhouse effect. We’re all already dead and just don’t know it yet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Then why worry about it now? Just keep wearing the tin foil hat, and everything will be just fine.

  9. Anonymous says:

    we’re past the tipping point i’m afraid….. not sure what can be done.
    drastic measures soon come.
    start with
    banning meat consumption.
    population control measures.

  10. BeaumontZodecloun says:

    Completely erroneous data, at least insofar as the Cayman Islands are concerned. I’m a wx nerd, and have kept records dating back 35 years.

    Every year, and I mean EVERY year, I have heard people saying “It’s NEver been this hot before!!” Yes it has.

    It may well be the case in other islands/nations, especially those which overused concrete and asphalt.

    I feel confident that this statement will be met with derision. That’s fine with me. I document thing in a microcosm of a larger arena; both things could be true, but I doubt it. I tend to distrust wide-sweeping proclamations as projected over a large area.

    I completely support the works of Miss Greta. We must do better as a species to stop trashing our habitat. We must move toward more long-term sustainability, and develop more efficient alternative energies. It’s no secret that humanity is one of the few species that shits in its own nest. We have all this intellect, and so very little regard for the sanctity of nature.

    Go Greta! You are unique enough that you may actually move great amounts of people to listen and formulate the systems which support the cleaning up of our mess.

    • pete says:

      Good day Beaumont while you have been keeping records the official records that are considered belongs to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service and our database goes back to the 1950’s (Upper air station).

      Our average temperature for July was 86.2 F and our all time hottest July 86.8 F. Given how close those two numbers are and that they are talking about a global temperature I would not agree totally with what you said. I certainly would not say it was erroneous data.

    • Anonymous says:

      Since you have been keeping these records – and I agree with you that our hot days are no hotter than they ever were – can you let us know what happened to the following:

      1) Christmas breeze
      2) Cool but also sunny days in winter months which seem to have stopped
      (These first two have all but disappeared in the last five years)
      3) Mid-60s daytime temps we had in winter months 20-25 years ago

  11. axel says:

    Scientists are wrong
    Gays are bad
    Sky fairy is real


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